61-69 Abel Smith St
Wellington, New Zealand 6010
’AVAIKI NUI SOCIAL
In the centre of Aotearoa, a gathering of musicians from across the fifteen islands of the Cook Islands will heat up the stage of the Michael Fowler Centre in Pōneke.
A collection of treasured musicians will bring their instruments to the stage – from the community halls, family homes, backyard gatherings and garage parties, this special night of Cook Islands String Bands tells the story of Te Moana Nui a Kiva. A story of Avaiki Nui, the beautiful Cook Islands.
For one night only, we journey across time and ocean to explore the history of Cook Islands string bands and the songs that have provided the soundtrack to moments throughout our lives.
‘Avaiki Nui Social features a handful of our most legendary musicians including Faipoto Aporo, Pania Apolo, Tupou Apolo, Jarome. Our musicians are joined by storytellers Tuaratini and Jarcinda Stowers-Ama, filmmaker The Raro Dog, choreographer Te Hau Winitana and theatremakers Taungaroa Emile, Poe Tiare Tararo, Teherenui Koteka, Roy Iro and Mīria George.
The creativity of our people is in our blood – it is in the extraordinary and in the ordinary of our every day. Our creativity can be witnessed in our carving, weaving, painting – in our writing, composing and our performance. ‘Avaiki Nui Social celebrates the creativity of our musicians, of those who are born into the strings and whose lives have been fuelled by the music.
Written by: Tuaratini and Jarcinda Stowers-Ama
Music Performed by: Faipoto Aporo, Pania Apolo, Tupou Apolo and Jarome
Scene Director : Taungaroa Emile
Choreographer: Te Hau Winitana
Cast: Taungaroa Emile, Poe Tiare Tararo, Teherenui Koteka, Roy Iro
Assistant Director: Poe Tiare Tararo
Production Director: Mīria George
Set Design by: Horrobin & Hodge
Lighting Design by: James Kearney
AV by: Delainy Kennedy
Director of Photography: Elise Lanigan
Co-Producer: Mīria George & Tanya Muagututi’a
Creative Producers: Tuaratini, Jarcinda Stowers-Ama, Mīria George
Image by: Robert George, The Raro Dog
Michael Fowler Centre
111 Wakefield Street
$45-$25 Full price
$25-$15 Group 6+